Danielle Downey Classic 2018–Round 1

July 19, 2018

My player is Kristy McPherson.

A bogey free round left us at -3 for the day.


I usually don’t remember my dreams but yesterday I fell asleep way too early and woke at 3am with a doozy. Here goes.


I was walking along and entered an old stone building resembling a church. I proceeded to the basement where a group of musicians were playing solos. Someone famous came in and he would be next to play.

I got up, walked into another room where the NRA was having a meeting. I then left the building and started to walk.

After a short distance, I decided to go back and listen to the guy who came in and as I approached the outside door, a lady exited and had her leather coat slashed by one of the Coleman twins (Symetra players) who were riding tricycles!

I entered the building to get help and when we came out, it was raining. There was a row of laptops with their lids open sitting on a stone wall getting soaked. I searched for mine but it was stolen.

I headed for my car but when I arrived, the hood was propped open with a flashlight and the battery was gone.

Yikes! Wonder what Dr. Phil would think of that one?

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Danielle Downey Classic 2018 – Wednesday Pro-Am

July 18, 2018

My player is Kristy McPherson.

It was a nine and nine format. The group played with Muni He on the front and Kristy the back. A friend of Kristy’s wished to caddie the pro-am so he rode the cart while I walked along. Nice.


Played a late nine yesterday with Kendall Dye and Dori Carter. Great fun.


Doris Chen was in front of us and we pushed her for seven holes. She continued onto the back after we called it a day. That had to one of the longest practice rounds for a single on record. Upstate was on the bag and earned every penny she’s paying him. She’s an alternate so Jay may be looking for another loop.


The day concluded with a caddie meeting at Ferrari’s Pizza Bar after the round. Jeffery Steffler hosted the get-together and even better, footed the bill. Many thanks to “The Brick”.

The Nerd, Bully, Jeff DeCoen, Jorge, Upstate Jay, Philly Phil, and I were in attendance. Much food and drink were consumed and caddie stories prevailed. It was a perfect evening.


Walked the course on Monday. The numbered paint was already down but only in the middle of the fairways, not on both sides. Quite a change from last week where there was an overabundance of info in the yardage book.


Apparently, there is no shortage of idiot caddies on this tour either. One guy was asked by the Superintendent to stay off the greens while he was spraying but instead of complying, got into his face. Could have been last week’s “pizza pilferer”. He’s here this week along with a few other LPGA loopers.


My Airbnb is four miles from the course. Very charming. First time I’ve slept on a memory foam mattress. Fantastic! One caveat though. I almost got locked in the bathroom. The door is sagging putting pressure on the ancient deadbolt lock. Had to lift the door to get out. If this ever happens to my host, she’s toast. Can you say mummified?


How sad is this? There are only two full field, domestic, LPGA events remaining this year. Indy and Portland. It’s only the middle of effing July!


Poolside

July 15, 2018

Even though we missed the cut, I had a great two days hanging at Kristy’s host housing.

Yesterday I was pitching a football into the pool while the girls fought over the catch. Took a break and watched the Senior Open then went back to my quarterback position.

Also had a chance to work on my white feet.

poolside feet

Our dinner was take-out from Olive Garden. Kristy taught us a Symetra survival trick by ordering the kid’s meal. Spaghetti with a meatball, salad, a vegetable side, and breadsticks for around $5. Three of us opted for that selection and it was plenty of food.


During round one, we were discussing the lack of fans at the Green Bay event. Prior to the start, last year’s attendance was announced at 65,000 which had our playing partner say; “They must have added a zero”.


Drove all the way to Rochester this morning and staying at the Microtel for a night. Starting another Airbnb tomorrow.


Marathon Classic – Round 2

July 14, 2018

My player is Kristy McPherson.

Bad day at Black Rock. We won’t be playing the weekend.


More news on the “pizza pilferer”. Yesterday, he was still in the face of the caddie who stood up to him. This time it was by the putting green.

Also heard that he snatched a bunch of caddie lunch vouchers in Atlantic City and was handing them out to spectators. They offered a substantial discount at the concessions stands or McGettigan’s 19th Hole pub by the course.


Anyone recognize this guy? Heard he caddied on tour at one time.


“Cheeseburger Chad” started a new enterprise in his home town of Columbus OH. He has been flipping houses since January and is looking for investors.


I was invited to dinner at Kristy’s host family yesterday. Ate and drank too much as usual. Two Sol beers had my name on them. Reminded me of the happy hour at the Holiday Inn in Mexico City.


Did you know that when an LPGA pro is about to retire from the tour she gets to pick her pairing in her final event? Danah Bordner will be doing just than in Indianapolis.


This was in the caddie area. Could this be the work of Jeffrey Steffler?

Ana care OFF


Marathon Classic–Round 1

July 13, 2018

My player is Kristy McPherson.

After scrambling back from an early three over start to get back to even, we lost a couple coming in. Shot +2.


Former LPGA pro Debbie Hall was on the tenth tee (our first hole) conducting the Darrell Survey. Said she missed the Senior Open qualifier by two shots. The putter did her in.


There’s plenty more money on the LPGA Tour vs the Symetra Tour but it also comes with an equal share of drama. For example, two caddies were ready to come to blows over the caddie lunch consisting of a variety of pizza.

Apparently, one looper, who has a reputation of pilfering much more than his share from the caddie eats in the past (like taking home a full box of sealed muffins), grabbed two plates piled four pieces each and was chided by his fellow looper. It turned into a heated discussion and a stare down match with an offer to take it to the parking lot to be settled with fists.

Bully was ready to intervene, ala the rumble in Mexico City with Flipper, but held off.

By the way, did you ever have pizza with chicken, cheese and ranch dressing? A layer of ranch was under the cheese and smothered the crust. It was truly disgusting. YUK!


Marathon Classic – Tuesday

July 10, 2018

My player is Kristy McPherson.

Kristy was in the pro-am at Sylvania Country Club so I strolled around Highland Meadows getting used to the new yardage book.

There are plenty of complaints about the book, which is created by a European company No1-Golf, but two opposing camps exist regarding its efficacy.

The biggest complaint is the lack of permanent marks such as sprinkler heads. Instead, geometric shapes (circles, squares, and triangles) of different colors are painted on the fairways. Every year they will be in a different place so a new book will be required.

The second is the timing of their release for purchase. Monday morning is too late for some caddies. If they arrive a day early, the book is not available and it is not sold through the pro shop. A representative of the company sells them.

By the way, I took a gander at one of the greens books. Yikes! That’s one confusing piece of (fill in the blank). All the lines were making me dizzy. Maybe it’s an acquired taste.


Two LPGA veterans have teamed up for this week’s event. Bully and Kim Williams are giving it a go.

Bully and Kim Williams Marathon Classic 2018


New hire.

Missy Jones


Cherries must be in season. Picked some up at Walmart for $1.98 a pound and they’re delicious.


Then there was this:

St. Andrews has a pretty tempting job opening if you love golf and working outdoors


Marathon Classic 2018 – Monday

July 9, 2018

My player is Kristy McPherson.

Played the morning pro-am. Everyone took a looper so it was a good practice round. My gratuity was the contestant badge from one of the guys. Got me in for lunch and a couple brewskies.


This is my first look at the yardage books by No1-Golf. Don’t like them. I prefer Kenny The Wizard’s on the Symetra Tour.


Drove up from Joe’s yesterday morning and checked in to my digs. It’s an Airbnb in Sylvania less than two miles from the course. Here it is.

Tina and Louise (the resident cats) left a welcoming gift for my enjoyment. A big ol’ nasty terd in the middle of the floor. Sweet.

Tina and Louise terd

There’s a Roku TV in my room and only gets internet, no normal TV. Will be movie watching this week.


I went looking for some snacks last week and found this protein bar. Who are they fooling? A glazed donut? Come on!

One bar

Then there was this:

Beatriz Recari’s whiff with a driver is the latest example of how tough golf can be—even for tour pros

Support for LPGA Tour has grown since Toledo meeting


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